Monday, July 28, 2014

to have kept your soul alive

"So, to put it in a negative way, you can't do anything to change yourselves, to become better, to become happier, to become more serene, to become more mystical. But if I say you can't do a damn thing, you can understand this negative statement in a positive way. What I am really saying is that you don't need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all."

- Alan Watts

"It's odd that after thousands of years of great spiritual examples and literature we have to remind ourselves that spirituality is to be found in everyday life. The world's sacred poetry, ritual, prayer and art are filled with images of incarnated divinity ... that lies, admittedly sometimes hidden, in the temporal, or the transpersonal that animates our personal lives. Hundreds of times painters have taken up the theme of the “Annunciation” and have pictured that moment, that eternal moment that is in all our lives, when the angel says: “You, mortal person, have divinity in you.”

- Thomas Moore

"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive."

- Brenda Ueland

I've spent the last week considering the opposite of certain things I've held to be true. For example, I've always thought we'd live in this particular house for a long time, that it would be our anchor. I've always felt that if we 'followed our bliss' and followed what we loved doing, that all would be well.

How would things change if I made a point of following where the money was, and how would our life change if we gave up this idea of house as anchor? It's actually really good to look at things in a completely different way, this strategy. To decide what is possible, what you're capable of, how adaptable you might be, and to come to know more precisely what you do prefer.


  1. these photos really grabbed me ... but then I began to read. A post that I truly relate to. Sometimes life throws us in an opposite direction and we don't have a choice about thinking or seeing a new truth or state of being. Again, in love with these photos -- so perfect with what you are sharing.

    1. Thanks, Diane. It's all in how we approach the new stuff....easier said than done of course.

  2. Like Diane, I am struck by these photographs, and then encouraged by these quotes and your reflection. It seems depth of soul is always plumbed through paradox. Doing nothing (but seeing yourself correctly) is the most difficult work.

    1. Stephen you are very wise. Thank you.


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